It’s time to stop making fun of the famously ill-focused goldfish because we have fallen behind in the concentration department. According to a 2015 study from Microsoft, the average human has an eight-second attention span, making our attention span one second shorter than that of a goldfish. Ouch.
So, if there’s one thing we could all benefit more from is an improved ability to focus.
Concentration relates to the mental effort you put toward focusing on whatever you’re working on or learning at the moment. The attention span refers to the length of time you can concentrate on something. The…
It’s safe to say that no one enjoys the sound of their alarm. Whether you put a song you love or birds chirping, with time, it will eventually become torturous to hear.
For years, I have used the same alarm sound every morning. My alarm is the classic beep, beep, beep. You know the one I’m talking about, the sound that causes your fight or flight response to kick in first thing in the morning.
I never really gave my choice of alarm much thought. I simply wanted something to wake me up, and it did just that. It wasn’t…
Procrastination: the act of delaying or postponing a task or set of tasks.
Sound familiar? Welcome to the club.
As a student, I am a little too acquainted with procrastination. Honestly, at this point, I wait for it to happen. With any schedule, I make sure to leave several hours open to, well, procrastinate. To be fair, I don’t call it “procrastination”; I call it a break. And that innocent break is often three times longer than the time spent working.
Please, don’t confuse a break with relaxation. My standard break has nothing to do with “relaxing” — it's the…
Do you remember the days when we could kiss our loved ones with no fear? Or when we could hug a stranger for a nice deed? Well, now that the handshakes are put on hold and people are requested to distance, those heartwarming acts are harshly replaced by fear and anxiety.
With the global pandemic and lack of human-to-human contact, psychological effects, such as loneliness, are widely prevalent. Despite the reliance on technology to combat isolation, one critical social feature is missing: touch.
It is engraved in our minds that the brown alternatives of specific food products are healthier than the white. Take bread for example. It is a fact that whole wheat bread has a higher nutrient value, more fibers, and fewer calories than white bread. Also, brown rice is known to be a healthier option when compared to white rice.
Now, let's talk about another food ingredient that could be brown or white: sugar. Sugar is a natural ingredient that is majorly consumed in our diet.
It is often advised to choose brown sugar over white sugar with the claim that…
It was the shiver in her voice
I knew she’ll be okay
The fierceness in her eyes
Will guide her the right way
The apples of her cheeks
Always red like the roses
A smile so faint
As her happiness slowly closes
Kindness drips from her tongue
And aids everyone she meets
She truly is enchanting
One that no one mistreats
I wondered what she was like
How could someone be whole
I haven't yet met her
But I feel close to her pure soul
I wanted to get to know her
Examine her peace from within
But what if she puts…
The two white poisons. Salt and sugar. — a popular saying in Arabic
For years and years, we’ve been warned about the potential dangers of sugar. The truth is, in small amounts, sugar doesn’t pose much of a threat to a healthy individual. The worry comes with overconsumption.
Sugar is one of the most popular ingredients added to food in America. So we will be focusing on added sugar. Before digging into how you could decrease its consumption, it is crucial to be informed as to why you should limit sugar consumption in the first place.
In a nutshell, sucrose…
I couldn’t heal because I kept pretending I wasn’t hurt.
I came upon this quote today and it got me thinking.
When things hurt, we try to pretend they don't. We convince ourselves that we are fine but we are well aware the thoughts are as loud as ever.
And we beat ourselves up about it. Why can’t I just get over it? I’m much stronger than this. This is not even that important, why am I upset? What is wrong with me?
We keep on flooding our minds with self-deprecating thoughts till we reach a point where the problem…
If the stars went hiding
Where would we go
Would we stay the same
In a night with no glow
If the sun was stubborn
And chose not to rise
Would we stay the same
In a day with no highs
Great gifts like this
We no longer see
For we are so used to
Their sight with no fee
They are taken for granted
For we know they’ll wait
Has it occurred to you
What if that wasn’t their fate
What if they came no more
And the Earth changed its coarse
Disappointed from the people
The people with no remorse…
You actually listened?
Why am I surprised
I guess we’re all now conditioned
That's what we do most of the day
Our eyes in the face of a screen
It’s made life so much easier
Well at least that's what it seems
Can you tell me
How many clicks you pressed today
If we count this poem as one
Are hundreds more on their way
I’m not saying it is bad for you
I’m just saying that it could be
Due to all the pixels around
We could be barking up the wrong tree
It’s all a balance
Always looking to improve and learn.